Where do the locals residing in popular tourist spots go to unwind? After all, the world throngs to their neighborhoods for breaks. The answers are often the best kept secrets of every tourist haven - the spots hidden in plain view on maps as GPS markers. Chance breaks at such spots often open up the gateways to unique experiences.
Odisha is a state synonymous with tourism in India with iconic beaches, temples and forest reserves. The majestic Sun temple at Konark is on the wishlist of most visitors to India while for Hindus their pilgrimage is incomplete without a visit to the Jagannath Temple at Puri. The capital city Bhubaneswar while being the first smart city of India is also a city of temples - a perfect mix of the old and new. With so much for tourists to see around, the question is where do the locals go for weekend breaks away from the prying crowds? A popular option is a day trip to the neighboring Dhenkanal district. And this being Odisha, it encompasses green mountains, dense forests, the great Mahanadi river with ancient and revered temples along miles of rice fields.
Halt 1: Dhabaleswar Temple